Editor’s Selections: Earthquakes and eruptions, Black holes in unexpected places, and Mathematical stereotypes

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By Sarah Kendrew

Sarah Kendrew Sarah Kendrew selects interesting and notable ResearchBlogging.org posts in the physical sciences, chemistry, engineering, computer science, geosciences and mathematics. She blogs about astronomy at One Small Step.

Did you know that we’re one fifth into 2011? After the past weekend, I think it’s fitting to quote this tweet from Ed Yong: “It would be really excellent if the remaining 80% of 2011 were somewhat less eventful than the first 20%” – I wholeheartedly agree with that. With revolutions in the Middle East, catastrophic natural disasters in the Pacific region and other craziness, I hope that all you readers are safe, healthy and living in peace – wherever you are.

I’m sure the chain of events leading up to and following Friday’s earthquake in Japan will be studied in detail by scientists all over the world, in our continuing quest to understand the world we live in. On Magma Cum Laude, Jessica Ball talks about the possible causal links between earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and why these events don’t seem to be connected. And note: the Moon doesn’t cause earthquakes or eruptions either.

Violent events are ubiquitous in the Universe, even in the most unexpected of places. Supermassive black holes are an expected find in the innards of large galaxies like our own. But the recent discovery of a 2 million solar mass black hole in a dwarf galaxy, discussed in the March edition of the Jodcast and written up by Megan, is a bit of a surprise.

Gender imbalance in science, engineering and mathematics is a complex problem that is likely to find its roots as far back as early childhood. Recent research, reported by Nestor Lopez-Duran, shows how even first and second graders already seem to feel that “maths is for boys”. That’s pretty amazing.

I’ll be back next week with more physical sciences picks.

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